However, to give extra information before committing to take the call, you may select to use a “whisper”. This is where the system tells you a little about the call (eg. it’s a call for “Fred Smith of the Sales team”).
This brief announcement can be skipped – just press “1” – but gives you the chance to answer the phone in a professional manner.
The whisper by default will be in a female voice and say “connect call for
Note that most VoIP phones will have this information displayed on their screen.
There are 3 different Whisper Modes available
- Whisper (will allow device voicemail) – must be setup in advanced mode
- Whisper + 1 (Will stop device voicemail kicking in)
- Call straight through
- Press 1 to take the call
- Press any other number (eg. 2) to reject the call
If you hang up or simply ignore the message, the call will go elsewhere (eg. voicemail) but that might incur a delay to the caller.
This feature is also an important way to prevent callers being put through to a mobile phone network message or voicemail.